Winter in upstate New York can take its toll. After all, one can only spend so many nights and weekend afternoons tucked away at home before things get a little boring. The freezing temps and gloomy skies really wear us down, especially once the fun of the holidays is over and we’re pretty much just looking forward to warmer weather.
To help get you through these long winter months, we’ve put together a list of our favorite fireplaces to sip (and sit) by, which are perfect for passing the time until spring. So grab a loved one and brave the cold. You’ll be glad you did!
Henry Street Taproom
Raise your hand if you grew up with a wood burning fireplace in your house. That was truly the best, wasn’t it? Technology is cool and convenient and all, but for one reason or another, nothing beats the smell of wood burning fire. Cue Henry Street Taproom (HST, as we like to call it). This taproom boasting a whopping 16 rotating draft lines has not one, but two fireplaces! Both are conveniently furnished with a set of soft leather loungers and some tables, perfect for enjoying some great food, drinks, and conversation during the coldest (and snowiest) days.
Walt + Whitman Brewery
Named after the unofficial saint of American letters, Walt & Whitman is dedicated to the people who have made our country cool, smart and delicious. So grab a housemade American craft beer, a slice of Detroit-style pizza and one of the coffee table tomes and retire, where else? By the fire. Wax poetic to yourself, solve the problems of the world with your friends, or just chill in one of the massive tufted leather couches. You’re in a cozy, hospitable place, and the snow? It’s far, far away.
The Inn at Saratoga
As the oldest operating hotel in Saratoga, the history that remains in tact behind these walls is truly remarkable, including, of course, their fireplaces. There are two of them in-house, each made more beautiful by exposed brick above and behind the fireplace, and antique wooden mantels, adorned with some spectacular 19th century mirrors.
Grab a seat in the tavern’s side room, located just off the bar. Gas inserts keep things convenient and allow guests a ready-to-enjoy fire with the flip of a switch.
Olde Bryan Inn
This inn was first established in 1773 and the stone portion dates back to 1825. With three fireplaces to enjoy—two in the main dining room, and one in the tavern, which still burns real wood—we’ll let you pick your favorite. But, plan to get there early to claim one of the coziest seats in the house—on a cold night, the fireside bar stools, booths, and tables are commonly sought after by regulars.
The Local Pub & Teahouse
With a solid craft beer list and fantastic brunch offerings, this neighborhood hangout is a great place to sit back with a few of your nearest and dearest. A broad table by this gas, stone-faced fireplace is always in demand, so plan ahead. Or simply grab your pint glass and hover nearby.
The Wishing Well
Their four fieldstone fireplaces—three of which are in the restaurant, and two of which are over 150 years old—are burning throughout fall and winter, thanks to their gas inserts. Eight tables sit adjacent to the fireplaces and are constantly in demand. Two small tables located fireside in the oldest part of the restaurant are Valentine’s Day favorites, and are reserved one year in advance. For something more spontaneous, head to the bar and enjoy the fire there.
This establishment exists as both a hotel and a restaurant/bar, perfect for a romantic weekend getaway or a date night. Between their two fireplaces, you can have your pick- one is located directly in the tavern area and the other is exclusive to the wine cellar. Each fireplace has two tables situated in front of them, and both are burning wood daily from late fall to early spring. Call ahead if you can and reserve these tables for a warm and cozy dinner in the very best company.
E+L Insider articles are a written by a group of contributors.